I absolutely love doing Socratic Seminars in my class because they allow the students to express their opinions in a safe environment and they open up a lot of good, whole-class discussion; but, in my experience, Socratic Seminars are great for those who enjoy talking and oftentimes it ends up that about seven of my 30 students dominate the conversation and we never really get anywhere. That was, until today.
Today in class I ran a hybrid inner/outer-circle/online Socratic Seminar using TodaysMeet and it completely changed the dynamic of the seminar. Here is the link to the blog post that I gave my students to explain how the process would go, but let me break it down for you because it was just way too amazing not to share.
Disclaimer: This activity does require each student to have access to the internet via a mobile device, tablet, laptop, or computer.
For the first two weeks of school we have been talking about cultural tolerance by exploring our views of learning other languages and studying the differences in greetings in various Francophone countries.
Learning Other Languages Philosophical Chairs
Greetings in Francophone Countries Jigsaw
In each of these activities I stressed the importance of not judging other cultures' practices as weird, but instead looking at them as simply different from our own and acknowledging that they were unique and just as legitimate as our own.
Setting up the Seminar
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My name is Mme Probst and I am a French teacher who, after years of struggling to find resources without a text, decided to share my resources with the world so that other teachers didn't have to do the same.